An inquiry into the vocabulary content and readability levels of texts used in fifteen Newfoundland vocational training programs: word frequency lists and reading difficulty evaluations for programs to which adult education students aspire

Clark, Kathryn E. (1988) An inquiry into the vocabulary content and readability levels of texts used in fifteen Newfoundland vocational training programs: word frequency lists and reading difficulty evaluations for programs to which adult education students aspire. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

The vocabulary content and reading difficulty levels of 47 texts required in 15 Newfoundland vocational training programs were investigated. Word frequency lists for each of the 15 programs were generated from samples of text, using computer technology. These lists are presented in appendix B, in both alphabetic and frequency listings. A combined, merged frequency list which includes all of the vocabulary entries is available on computer diskette, but was too bulky to include in this study in printed form. -- The readability level of each of the texts was measured using the Fry Graph. Text readability levels were compared to the entry requirements (grade levels) for the fifteen programs. It was found that reading requirements for several of the vocational training programs were much higher than was indicated by the grade-level required for program entry. The word lists were compiled as instructional tools for educators and writers interested in preparing students who have poor reading skills for entry into vocational training programs. The comparison of entry level requirements and levels of text difficulty for each vocational program is presented for the use of those involved in counselling and placement of students.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/4470
Item ID: 4470
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 91-110.
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 1988
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Canada--Newfoundland and Labrador
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Vocational education--Newfoundland and Labrador; Textbooks--Readability

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